domenica 21 agosto 2016

BOLOGNA pt. 2 - THE CITY OF TOWERS

Well... The second article of the "Bologna series" (here the first part) is going to talk about the city of Bologna and what I saw there.

A panoramic view of the city with the Torre degli Asinelli.
(Sorry for the quality)
A LITTLE TASTE OF HISTORY
The area of Bologna has been occupied since the III millenium B.C. During the VII-VI century B.C, some Etruscans people brought cultural and artistic models and called this area Felsina, and, then, Romans conquered it in 196 B.C.
During the Middle Ages, more precisely in 1088, the most ancient University in Europe was founded and Bologna was better known as "La Dotta" (the erudite).
City walls were built too, but, at the beginning of the XX century, they were destroyed, because of the construction of boulevards and, only the city gateways survived.

PLACES TO SEE


The entrance of the Giardino della Montagnola (1896) with the ruins of the ancient gateway.
The most characteristic park in Bologna is the Giardino della Montagnola, that was opened for the first time in the XVII century. It is situated at the north of Bologna's old town centre, near the railway station, where once there was a palace that had to host the Pope. It was destroyed by the population.

Walking by the Giardino across Piazza VIII Giugno and going along on Via dell'Indipendenza, you will get to the most famous square in Bologna: Piazza Maggiore.
Here, you will find the Basilica di San Petronio, known all over the world for its facade. In fact, it is divided in two parts: the first made by marble, the second in brick. This fantastic creation belongs to the Italian Gothic style.


The interior is both powerfull and so holy. It has 3 naves, with the central one that leads you to the majestic altar.


On the sides, we have 22 chapels that conserve the same amount of works of art. Here some example:

The birth of Christ


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
If you want to take photos in the interior, you must pay 2€! Don't worry, this MASTERPIECE deserves them.


Well, the second part of "Bologna series" finishes. In 2 days, I'll post the 2.5 part, where I'll talk about the Piazza del Nettuno, Basilica of Santo Stefano and the Towers!














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